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Pediatric NP Primary Care Major
Admission Term and Enrollment Level:
- Fall (MSN and Post-Graduate Certificate), Part-time
- Spring (MSN and Post-Graduate Certificate), Part-time
Enrollment Mode: Distance-based
43 credit hours, including 616 clinical hours*
The pediatric nurse practitioner – primary care (PNP–PC) major in the Duke MSN Program prepares pediatric nurses to provide comprehensive primary health care to children of all ages. The curriculum emphasizes content areas such as health maintenance, prevention, management of common acute and chronic pediatric illnesses, behavioral issues, and patient/family education. Emphasis is placed on family-centered culturally sensitive care.
Students receive one-on-one clinical practice experience in diverse settings such as community pediatric practices, school-based health clinics, health departments, and hospital ambulatory settings.
* Based on State Boards of Nursing and/or State Higher Educational rules, the School may not be able to provide clinical placements in your location of choice or state, but every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your placement request. If you have any questions about this, please contact Ernie Rushing.
Students are prepared to provide comprehensive primary health care to children of all ages in a variety of settings ranging from private practice to community and school-based healthcare settings. Some graduates of the primary care major decide to work in pediatric specialty services.
- Program ranked #2 by U.S. News and World Report
- Flexible matriculation plans with part-time and full-time study options
- Post-master’s certificate program of study available
- State-of-the-art simulation laboratory helps students gain confidence in practicing advanced procedures.
- On-campus experiences are planned for each clinical course in the major.
- Clinically active faculty engaged as advanced practice pediatric nurses
- Program recognized by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
- Eligible to apply for national certification as a CPNP-PC by the PNCB and AACN
Learn more about our curriculum and matriculation plans.
Additional Admissions Information
Successful students in this advanced practice program have a strong clinical foundation. Students can be considered if they do not have pediatric experience; however, students are highly recommended to have at least one year of pediatric (including neonatal) work experience prior to starting the program. If a student is admitted without work experience, at least one year of pediatric work experience will be required prior to beginning the clinical course sequence.
At the time of application, students must have a current Basic Life Support certificate and maintain it throughout the program of study. Pediatric Advanced Life Support certificate is strongly encouraged, but not required.
Letters of Recommendation
Students are encouraged to submit recommendations from mentors or colleagues who can speak to their readiness for graduate-level education and advanced clinical practice.
Recommendations submitted by physicians, nurse managers, advanced practice nurses, and other nursing leaders are required.